Time to check annual water reports

Between now and July 1, water suppliers nationwide are required to send their customers annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports, giving dental professionals the opportunity to check on the status of their community’s water—and in particular—its fluoride levels.

The reports, which detail quality and content of water may be mailed to consumers’ homes, often with the water bill, published in local newspapers or posted online.

“There is a tremendous amount of energy being put forth across the country by antifluoridationists, so dentists should take this opportunity to demonstrate our support for community water fluoridation and our appreciation of the efforts of the water plant personnel,” said Dr. Valerie Peckosh, a pediatric dentist in Dubuque, Iowa.

Dr. Peckosh is chair of the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee and a member of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. “Read the reports, tour your water plant, visit with the plant staff and let them know how important water fluoridation is to you.”

Water systems are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue these annual reports. For more information on CCRs, log on to the EPA website or visit the “My Water’s Fluoride” page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to check on local water system fluoridation status.

Or contact the local water supplier or the local, county or state health department for more information about the fluoride content of your water system’s water.

For more information on fluoride and fluoridation, visit ADA.org/fluoride.aspx.

ADA Catalog products simplify dental practice processes

Whether in the back office or at chairside, products from the ADA Catalog can bring clarity and simplicity to what otherwise could be overly complex processes. The Chairside Instructor: A Visual Guide to Case Presentations and CDT 2014: Dental Procedure Codes are two exemplary such products.

The Chairside Instructor (W013) eases patient education tasks, enabling dentists to illustrate explanations of oral conditions and treatment plans and put them in terms patients can readily understand.

A best-seller, the Chairside Instructor laminated book is available in English (W013) and Spanish (W014). The book is $59.95 for members and $89.95 retail. The Chairside Instructor Digital Edition (W013D) is $59.95 for members and $89.95 retail. The digital edition is also available in English and Spanish.

An app of the Chairside Instructor may be purchased—$99 for members; $149 retail—from ADACatalog.org and downloaded at the Apple Store for Apple devices.

CDT 2014: Dental Procedure Codes lends itself to accuracy in documenting dental procedures, which can hasten reimbursements. The book is recognized as the official source for the most up-to-date dental procedure codes.

CDT 2014: Dental Procedure Codes (J014) is $39.95 for members; $59.95 retail. It is available as an e-book (J014D) and a print and e-book bundle (J014B). Also available is the 2014 CDT Code Check App for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android-powered mobile devices (phones and tablets) for $19.99 in the Apple iTunes Store and the Android Market.

A 15-percent savings is available on all ADA Catalog products using promo code 14109 through May 31. To purchase, visit ADACatalog.org or call 1-800-947-4746.

Past ASDA president mourned

The American Student Dental Association, the ADA and all of dentistry join the family of past ASDA President Jiwon Lee in mourning her death. She was 29 years old.

“ASDA is about the dental profession and creating policy, but more than anything, it is about people,” said ASDA President Kristopher Mendoza in a statement. “It is about our community, our family known as ASDA that brings us closer than any words on a document can. Please keep Jiwon and her family in your thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.”

Ms. Lee’s family confirmed her death on May 4 on a Gofundme.com Web page originally set up by her brother to raise money for a private investigator to find her after she was reported missing April 1.  The Web page has since been renamed the Jiwon Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund (gofundme.com/840ci8).

Ms. Lee served as the 2013-14 president of ASDA. During her term, ASDA saw nearly 90 percent market share and the implementation of an advocacy alert system. She served as an appointed member of the ADA’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and as a member of the ASDA’s delegation to the 2013 ADA House of Delegates.

The family is planning a memorial service and will post further details on the Gofundme.com Web page.

ADA HIPAA kit helps practices adhere to federal laws, regulation

 ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit (J598)
ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit

Having the right tools when it comes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act can make the difference between toeing the line and big trouble. The ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit can save practices a lot of legal drama.

The ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit (J598) has three key products and a service that support a comprehensive HIPAA compliance program:

  • The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Compliance: Privacy and Security Manual;
  • The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Training;
  • and a three-year subscription to the HIPAA Compliance Update Service.

Included in the kit, The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Compliance: Privacy and Security Manual outlines privacy, breach notification and security compliance in a step-by-step format. In CD-ROM format, the practical guide contains a revised sample Business Associate Agreement; a revised sample of Notice of Privacy Practices; a sample policies and procedures; sample forms designed especially for dental practices; and a glossary of key terms.

The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Training also comes with the kit. It is a CD-ROM that features two levels of training. Level 1 targets dental office personnel with the basics of HIPAA compliance. Level 2 targets managers to help them develop and implement a HIPAA compliance program for their offices.

The practical guide enables those who use them to earn one hour of continuing education credit for Level 1 and two hours of CE credit for Level 2.

The three-year subscription to the HIPAA Compliance Update Service advises subscribers whenever federal HIPAA laws change.

The ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit (J598) is $300 for members. Retail price is $450. Use promo code14126 to receive a $50 savings on the kit through June 30.

Visit ADAcatalog.org or call 1-800-947-4746 to order.

Maine therapist bill signed in April

Augusta, Me.—Gov. Paul LePage signed legislation April 28 to create a license for mid-level dental hygiene therapists and vetoed bills to establish a separate dental hygiene board and restructure the dental board.

“First and foremost, the Maine Dental Association will continue to work with policymakers and other stakeholders to improve access to oral health care,” Dr. Demi Kouzounas, MDA president, said in a news release. “While we’re disappointed the Legislature has chosen to establish the dental hygiene therapist ([bill number] LD 1230), we can’t permit that to stand in the way of the overall mission of bringing real solutions to those who are in need today.”

The amended bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law creates a new type of dental provider to perform surgical procedures, a dental hygiene therapist who may practice only while under the direct supervision of a dentist licensed to practice in Maine. With enactment, the Board of Dental Examiners is directed to adopt rules by Jan. 1, 2015, setting requirements for dental hygiene therapy education programs.

GAO assesses dental research funding

Washington—Government auditors relate chronic dental disease to funds allocated for dental research in a report requested by Congress to inform the annual appropriations process.

Untreated dental caries is the fourth most prevalent disease/condition for adults and fiscal year 2013 funding for dental/oral and craniofacial disease was $480 million by one fresh but imprecise measure, the GAO told Congress.

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for crafting  the nation’s biomedical research budget, requested the GAO “performance audit” of research funding related to diseases and health conditions that are the leading causes of death or the most prevalent chronic conditions.

The April 23 GAO report is based on a sophisticated text data mining system developed for the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data and combined in a way that gives congressional appropriators a fresh look at funding allocations for various research, condition and disease categories.

It offers congressional appropriators a CDC ranking of diseases and conditions alongside fiscal year 2013 funding for the corresponding NIH Research, Condition and Disease Categorization category. The computer-based text-mining tool recognizes words and phrases in project descriptions to assign NIH projects to any of 237 applicable “closest match” categories such as untreated dental caries to the broader dental/oral and craniofacial disease category.

The National Institutes of Health does not budget by disease category but rather by its 27 institutes and centers, each of which is charged with a specific mission and generally focused on a specific disease, a particular organ or a stage in life. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, which provides the lion’s share of funding for research to improve dental, oral and craniofacial health, had a FY 2013 budget of $386,873,540, somewhat less than the $480 million estimate developed for the House Appropriations Committee.

The RCDC system displays the annual support level for dental/oral and craniofacial disease research and for 12 other CDC-ranked diseases and conditions based on grants, contracts and other funding mechanisms across the National Institutes of Health and includes dental research supported by other institutes and centers. NIH officials told government auditors that the RCDC was not designed to be able to estimate a total, non-duplicated amount of funding specific to a given disease or condition because RCDC categories are neither mutually exclusive nor exhaustive. But combined with the CDC data, it gives congressional appropriators a new look at research funding related to disease and health condition.

The NIH Funding Report, GAO-14-490R, is available at GAO.gov.

Lands’ End offers tips to promote your dental practice

 

Reinforcing your practice’s brand can help build trust, familiarity and widespread recognition of your dental practice in your community, according to Lands’ End, the apparel company endorsed by ADA Business Resources.

To help your practice increase visibility, here are some tips courtesy of Lands’ End:

• Network in your own backyard: Get to know your neighbors and the professionals in your own community. It’s important to be involved with your local Chamber of Commerce and be on the lookout for other business and professional organizations in your area. Many are geared to providing referrals these days.

• Wear your practice’s logo outside the practice: Offering your staff apparel with your practice’s logo helps everyone feel proud to work in your practice, and wearing the apparel in off hours helps reinforce that image. Create a work “uniform” that suits your professional image, and add a few styles you’d enjoy wearing after work. Take a walk at noon, pick up the kids at school, chat with the delivery team. There are many “off duty” opportunities to increase your profile.

• Get involved in the community: Sponsor local events ranging from a youth group’s car wash fundraiser to the city’s annual charity race. You’ll meet a lot of people who may just become new patients.

Lands’ End carries a variety of often-used products that give you the opportunity to get your practice’s name in front of more people and keep your name top-of-mind. These include pens, key fobs, mugs and water bottles.

In addition, this spring, Lands’ End is featuring new shirts, blouses and tops that can work for any dental practice. New chambray shirts for men and women can provide casual good looks, while the new Active Collection features apparel with more performance features such as breathable, antimicrobial and moisture-wicking fabric.

“Lands’ End has so many items that are perfect to say ‘thank you’ to your dental staff, from totes to luggage to golf bags to grills,” said Justin Krbec, manager of strategic accounts at Lands’ End.

Until June 13, ADA members are eligible to receive free logo application.

Use promo code ADAFL. ADA members can call Lands’ End at 1-800.990.5407.

For more information on Lands’ End, visit ada.landsend.com.

Check out summer travel savings via ADA

 

ADA members planning summer travel can take advantage of ADA Member Travel Benefits and save significantly on hotels and rental cars. This member benefit can be extended to family, friends and staff.

Members save 10 percent off the Hyatt daily rate at participating Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Hotels & Resorts. Book today to experience, authentic hospitality, exceptional service and award-winning cuisine at over 508 locations in 46 countries worldwide. Reservations can be made at ADA.org/travel or by calling 1-800.454.9288 and requesting the American Dental Association discount code 62635.

Members traveling to Chicago can take advantage of significant savings at six different properties all located within Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile district. Reservations for any of the participating Chicago hotels can be made at ADA.org/travel.

Members can also book special ADA car rental rates via alamo.com, enterprise.com and nationalcar.com. Just use corporate/contract ID number: ADA7745 in the field below the “more options” link for Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental. Special electronic coupons are available when booking via ADA.org/travel.

National Car Rental will match your elite status from Hertz or Avis. Visit statusmatch.emeraldclub.com today to match your status. To learn more about the Emerald Club, visit emeraldaisle.com

For complete information on the ADA Travel Benefits Program, visit ADA.org/travel.

Just The Facts May 5

ADA 2014 registration open; travel discounts available

Registration for ADA 2014—America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio opened May 1 at ADA.org/meeting.

Airline, ground and hotel discounts for the Oct. 9-14 meeting are listed on the website under Travel.

ADA 2014 will feature more than 300 continuing education courses including seven hands-on cadaver workshops at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, pre-session CE options, more than 550 exhibitors in the ADA Exhibit Hall, the second ADA Mission of Mercy charitable dental event Oct. 12, special events, networking opportunities and the annual House of Delegates meeting.

For details, order a free copy of the print Preliminary Program in the ADA Store or go to ADA.org/meeting (click on the Continuing Education tab) to download a PDF. Also available is an online schedule builder, eventScribe.

Travelers are encouraged to book flights to San Antonio as early as possible, as flights are limited. Make your travel reservations with the ADA to guarantee your preferred flights and hotel at the lowest price.

ADA’s official travel partner Gant Travel will assist with booking on all airlines servicing San Antonio International Airport (SAT). 

Online travel reservations can be made 24/7 at Gant Travel’s exclusive site for the ADA: http://nuada04.nutravel.com/; email: ada@ganttravel.com; phone: 1-877-924-0306 (U.S. only) or 1-224-205-4734. The Gant Travel Desk is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time. Visit the Travel section of ADA.org/meeting for more information including applicable fees.

Go Airport Shuttle will provide shuttle service to all San Antonio hotels that are in the official ADA block. If traveling to a downtown hotel, you can purchase tickets in advance at ADA.org/meeting or print a coupon to purchase tickets at the airport by the baggage claim area. The discounted round-trip rate from San Antonio International Airport is $32.50 per person to any downtown hotel and $55 per person to other official ADA hotels outside of the downtown area.

Two to six people ride for the price of one in taxis. Fares, not including tips, to the downtown business district from the airport are about $25.